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This article explains how you can restore a tape backup from one computer to another computer with different hardware, and maintain user accounts and working environment. This procedure may be needed if there is no backup domain controller or fault tolerance implementation on the network and the primary domain controller is down for some time.
A backup set is intended to be used as a disaster recovery utility to maintain your system by backing it up and restoring it to the same, not a different computer. When you restore to a different computer you may encounter problems, due to hardware differences between the two computers.
This procedure is not recommended by Microsoft and therefore is not supported. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance, stability or reliability of this procedure.
NOTE: If you need to only change the primary hard disk and controller while maintaining user accounts and desktop settings, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 112019If you want to restore a Windows NT backup from one computer to a similar computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TITLE : Changing Primary Disk System After Installation
130928To restore a tape backup from one computer to another computer with different hardware, and maintain user accounts and working environment:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/130928/EN-US/ )Restoring a Backup of Windows NT to Another Computer
Article ID: 139822 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 4.1